Wait isn’t this a Yamaha Virago? Nope, back in the early 80’s Yamaha produced a bike called the TR1, which closely resembles the bike we are all familiar with known as the Virago XV750. We’ve all seen the amazing Virago customs built by our buddy Greg Hageman. Well, Roland took some of his inspiration from Greg’s designs and did so in a magnificent way. Result is the Yamaha TR1 Cafe Racer.
As we can see from this build, alot of the bike has been ungraded. To start with, the suspension needed an upgraded. In the front is a set of Showa USD Inverted forks off a Ducati. The front rotors have been upgraded to a set of wave style ones for increased braking. In the rear is a OEM shock from a Triumph Speed Triple mounted to the modified frame tabs.
Moving on to the styling, Roland wanted a different tank. The tank he used is the Benelli Mojave tank which has become very popular over the last few years. A custom sub-frame was fabricated which holds the MotoLanna seat and integrated tail light. Roland wanted the classic look of spoked wheels. To accomplish this, a set of wider Akront wheels were used. Up front is a 18″ wheel laced to a GL1000 hub and the rear is a much wider 5.5″ x 17″ wheel.
Although the engine is mostly stock, a few upgrades were done. The engine has been painted and the cooling fins machined for a stunning look. Carburetors were upgraded with a set of Dynojet stage 1 jet kits installed. To help the engine breathe even better, modified headers flowing into MAC mufflers were installed. We love the of the sleek mufflers and how they flow down the side of the bike.
Finishing the bike off, Roland went with a candy metal flake. Both the tank and the wheels were sprayed in this color and stand out against the black powder coated frame. All in all this is one of the cleanest Yamaha Cafe Racers we have seen. At first glance, it will trick you into thinking it’s a Virago, but look again. Great job Roland.
Roland Snel’s Yamaha TR1 Cafe Racer Photos: (Courtesy of John De Koning)